This means that every household will need to switch over before the analogue signal is switched off or face a future with no television. So why is the government moving to digital and how do you make the switch?

Digital television, other than being the wave of the future, means a few excellent things: high-definition picture, 720p to be precise, and sound. There’s also access to digital radio and loads more channels to watch. There are currently more than 15 channels available on digital TV.

There are three options when considering making the switch to digital TV.

The first is to get a set top box which will receive and convert the digital signal to one that your analogue TV can display. Starting at under $100, this is the cheapest method but it means you won’t be able to view some of the channels in the glory that is high-definition.

The second is to replace your TV with one that has a digital tuner built in. Although more expensive, this option will provide you with a new, high-definition TV which will not only look better, but will get you all the stunning high-definition channels available on digital TV.

The third is to get a personal video recorder (PVR), sometimes referred to as a digital video recorder (DVR), which is similar to a set top box with added recording functionality. Built-in hard drives allow these devices to record standard and high-definition content for viewing on demand. Some even have series link features to record your favourite recurring TV shows automatically. If this seems like the most likely solution for you, gizmo can set it up for you. Don’t forget to quote your membership number for a 10% discount when you call 1300 275 449.

To know when the switch is happening in your area, visit the Digital Ready Government website.

Have more questions or need help? Contact gizmo on 1300 275 449 or email help@gizmo.com.au

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